‘Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls’

Posted on October 8, 2012

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Today (8th October), an item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls’.

‘… A scientific breakthrough could bring about a vaccine against tuberculosis for cattle …

Cattle could be vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis after British scientists made a breakthrough in efforts to test for the disease.

There is currently a Europe-wide ban on vaccinating cattle against TB because it has not been possible to distinguish animals that have contracted it from those that have been immunised against it.

But researchers at Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Surrey have now developed a test that differentiates between infected and vaccinated cattle.

The breakthrough could mean that badgers, which are believed to be infecting the animals, would no longer have to be culled.

However the vaccine and the test would have to be validated by regulatory bodies before they could be brought into use …

This would be a long and complex process that “may take years,” the Government’s chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens, told The Independent.

A controversial badger cull is due to start within the next fortnight in an attempt to control the disease …

Animal rights activists oppose the cull and some farmers have said they will be pulling out following threats and intimidation from extremists …’

Read the item in full and add your comment online at www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9593173/Vaccine-for-bovine-TB-could-prevent-future-badger-culls.html

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